Wicklow gardener and nursery owner June Blake planting up a vintage cast-iron pot with a selection of choice summer-flowering perennials

Tired of the same old ideas as regards the perfect summer container? Trying to think of a more perennial, sustainable solution to the challenge of pr(...)

You don’t expect to see roses blooming in Ireland in the depths of winter. Or marigolds, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tree mallows, campanulas, hybrid cl(...)

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Christmas turkey and figgy pudding? Can’t wait to finally hear some sleigh-bells in the snow, rather than the steady dr(...)

Depending on the particular species or variety, geraniums intensely perfumed foliage can conjure up memories of fistfuls of rose-flavoured Turkish delight, mint humbugs and zingy cola bottles

Not many plants look as ordinary as the one that grows in a small pot on my kitchen’s sunny window sill. Pressed to describe it, I could only say that(...)

Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

Flanagan’s Fields in Rialto, a community garden using 21st century methods to grow food. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Some people become gardeners, while others are born green-fingered. A shining example of the latter is Dublin-born Michael Flanagan (1833-1931), th(...)

The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

I don’t grow medlars (Mespilus germanica), but last week’s sight of Airfield Gardens’ gnarly old tree, its twisting branches heavily laden with these (...)

Some chemicals harm insects. Photograph: Richard Johnson
Killer chemicals

Have you had a good rummage in your garden shed recently? I mean a proper, spiderwebs-in the-face, sneeze-inducing rummage into its murkiest, dustiest(...)

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